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Back to School Gadgets

Rich DeMuro

1:33 PM EDT, August 16, 2012

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Gadgets are an essential part of student life. These gadgets can not guarantee good grades, but they can keep you connected, charged up, and entertained on that uphill walk to class. By now you have checked off the essentials like pens and pencils, but to really go back to school in style, you're going to need some tech.

Zipbuds can keep you entertained on your way up to class.

Spend less time untangling you headphones and more time moving to your music; it's 20 dollars.

Here is another way to keep you cables from getting cluttered.

AVIIQ Ready Clips are short and sweet ways to charge and sync your stuff. They have a clip so you can carry them like a pen.

Choose from USB or Apple connectors, available starting at just 10 dollars.

Go to the head of the class with the Samsung Series 5 550 Chromebook. It is totally new for 2012, lightweight, boots up in seconds, and stores all of your stuff in the cloud.

It is closely tied to Google so it is best if you love Gmail, Picasa and Google Docs. It's just 450 dollars.

If you're more of an Apple fan, there's the iPad. It's known for being classroom friendly, but make it even easier to take notes by sliding it into Griffin's Binder Insert case.

It is 25 dollars and it let's you hold the tablet in any standard three ring binder.

Keep your iPhone safe from scratches and gain some serious onboard storage with the Ego Case. It features a built in removeable flash drive. Choose from 4 to 16 gigs of storage, starting at 35 dollars.

Finally, keep it all charged with Joy Factory's Zip Mini Touch and Go. Charge up to four gadgets at once and even take a call without disconnecting any cables. Magnets make the magic happen and it sells for 50 dollars.

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